Every branch of the SPCA is autonomous which means we all have to raise our own funds – and only within our own area. This is so that neighbouring Societies are not in competition with one another for precious resources. We receive no National Government funding and have only recently managed to secure a service agreement with the uMngeni Municipality for operating the small animal pound. The Lottery is a lottery for those applying for funding. Sometimes we are lucky and sometimes not.
We have always been a Society that works hard to generate our own funds. We don’t believe in simply begging passively for money and relying on the kindness and generosity of the public. We believe that the public will judge us by the work we do, not only with the animals but also in our efforts to raise the funds we need to tackle the huge job of alleviating animal suffering now and into the foreseeable future. Our funds are raised principally by the following means:-
SPCA Fundraising Centre: This Centre, at 39 Main Street, Howick, consisting of two historical homes, is the heart of our fundraising activities. Bought in 2006 with a bequest from Fiona Eastwood in memory of her sister Jean Mackenzie each house is named after one of the sisters.
Eastwood House: Home to the Book Shop and Garden Centre, Eastwood House is packed with a huge selection of second-hand books catering for all tastes. Outside is our Gardeners’ Corner crammed with a wonderful choice of indigenous and exotic plants plus seedlings and trees all at very reasonable prices. We also sell bric-a-brac and dog food from Eastwood House.
Mackenzie House: Donated goods are sorted, cleaned and prepared for sale in Mackenzie House and from here they are distributed to our four outlets.
Charity Shops: Our charity shops have developed gradually from very modest beginnings when we had one shop in Howick run entirely by volunteers.
- At Hilton Lower Quarry Centre our Bring & Buy Shop is enormously popular stocking all manner of bric-a-brac, clothes, lots of books, dog food and many other treasures.
- The Howick SPCA Charity Shop is situated at 10 Main Street , opposite Capitec Bank. Parking is available at the back of the building. It is light and spacious and sells items of furniture as well as the usual miscellaneous stock items. We also sell dog food from this shop.
- The Merrivale SPCA Charity Shop is situated in the Spar centre in Merrivale. Our shop is on the lower level of the centre with plenty of parking for everyone. There are always treasures that one may find in the shop.
- Our newest Charity Shop is at the recently expanded Greendale Acres Centre. This growing retail node attracts a steady flow of customers and supporters to our shop where we stock our usual variety of goods as well as dog food